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Shimano breaks ground on third U.S. expansion

Published November 12, 2012
The groundbreaking ceremony Friday. Photo: Lynette Carpiet

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN) — Shimano American broke ground Friday on a substantial expansion to its U.S. headquarters here. The expansion comes on the heels of recently announced expansions at its South Carolina warehouse and the headquarters of its Pearl Izumi division in Colorado.

The Irvine facility is being expanded by 48,000 square feet in distribution space and by 3,000 square feet in office space, said Allen Johnston, Shimano’s senior manager of operations.

Along with Shimano bicycle components and fishing tackle, the company will continue to distribute its G.Loomis fishing rods and PowerPro fishing line from the Irvine location. When the project is complete in August 2013, Shimano will add distribution of its Pearl Izumi cycling and running products.

Shimano American Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Shimano, Inc. Besides its Irvine, South Carolina and Colorado facilities, Shimano manufactures its PowerPro braided fishing line in Grand Junction, Colorado, and its G.Loomis fishing rods in Woodland, Washington. Beginning in January 2013, it will also handle the sales, marketing and distribution of Jackall Lures in the U.S. and Canada.


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